Having the correct clothing is important for any situation, but making sure you are organized and have suitable clothing when traveling is even more crucial. That is why it is important to take a look at these tips on women’s travel clothing when you are planning your next vacation
You may find yourself in vulnerable situations and could be deprived of your personal items if your luggage is mislaid. You may not have all of your travel items with you all the time so wearing suitable clothing that will last a couple of days will be a good idea.
I have put together some information for you on guidelines and tips for women’s travel clothing, top to toe, for various scenarios that will help you get through your travel experience without too much stress.
Best Women Travel Shirts for Your Trip.
The best way to be prepared and comfortable when traveling is to
Traveling can be fun and exhilarating but can also be stressful and cause some anxious moments along the way. I have previously given you some ideas on Stress Free Travel in an earlier blog so now I will elaborate on some tricks and techniques to deal with situations in the moment, and hopefully this will give you some skills around how to deal with anxiety and panic when traveling.
As you probably would have been told many times before, if you cannot change the situation then you need to change how you deal with it, or view it.
What are Panic Attacks and Anxiety?
Maybe you are suffering from a form of panic attacks or anxiety and you do not know it. This condition is actually a mental health issue and if you are experiencing it for the first time or it is causing more than a minor disruption to your lifestyle then you should talk to your doctor. If this is caused by an imbalance in your brain then this is a physical symptom and may need treating with medication.
A panic attack can be caused by your perceived fear of an event or situation, rather than an actual danger. Of course this is as real to the person suffering this attack as if it was a happening or an imminent event is about to happen. There are several types of Panic attacks or anxiety and some of them are:
Generalized Aniety Disorder ( GAD) – This is when you can feel anxious most days about most things.
Social Anxiety – You can feel anxious in amongst people or crowds and can suffer from separation anxiety.
Specific Phobias – Such as, spiders, clowns, water, small spaces, open spaces, or anything that causes anxiety in a person. .
Panic Disorder – This is when a person gets a random panic attack which can cause, sweating, irregular heartbeat or palpitations, or a choking feeling
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – This is when the person has unwanted recurring thoughts with behaviors to manage or override the thoughts.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – This is a condition caused by a traumatic event and results in anxiety and flashbacks. It usually requires medical assistance.
Natural Treatment for Panic Attacks
There are things that you can do to minimize the effects of anxiety and panic attacks, and this can involve looking at your lifestyle and making a few small changes. Here are a few things that are recommended to look at to help this condition, and probably will help a few other lifestyle and health issues.
Avoid or reduce your caffeine intake.
Reduce or remove nicotine from your daily intakes.
Avoid alcohol – This is one that is suggested quite often for many situations.
Get regular sleep.
Get regular exercise.
Take multi vitamins to generally feel better
Practice relaxation techniques. Meditation or Yoga are good examples of what you can do here.
Go and spend time in nature, walk on the beach, talk to the trees.
Discuss your issues with your doctor for further specific advice.
Now you may be reading this list and think that your lifestyle is going to be totally ruined if you give up all these vices at once. Maybe you need to make a schedule and plan how to change one thing at a time and slowly change your habits that are causing you a flow on effect of other symptoms.
It may not just be anxiety and stress that you are experiencing but by tweaking a few things slowly over time your overall health and lifestyle will improve immensely.
You will find that this is a good start for your treatment of panic attacks and anxiety. This is also one of the best ways to reduce your anxiety, by just changing things slowly but surely.
When you are planning your trip and you are starting to feel anxious about the thought of flying, or you have previously felt anxious when flying, then this is a good time to start addressing it.
If you can calm your fears before the fact and get your head around it then you will be more likely to look forward to your trip rather than dreading it.Maybe your anxiety about being anxious is actually worse than what you may feel in the moment.
There are a few things you can do that will help with this:
Look forward to your destination. – Carry a nice photo of the highlight of your trip and what you are looking forward to.
Cut back on caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. – Try to put yourself into a naturally calm state, without drink or drugs.
.Make yourself familiar with the airplane and the safety instructions – Tune into the safety briefing
Let the stewardess know your anxiety – If the airline staff are aware then they may be more empathetic to your fears.
Distract yourself – Bring something to do on the plane or be prepared to use the in flight entertainment. Movies, games, reading, and sleeping can all distract your thoughts from your nervousness.
Try to think logically – Remember that there are more people killed by donkeys that by airline crashes. ( I am actually not sure if that statistic is totally correct but I did hear it somewhere). Don’t let your fears override your situation
Think about how you can organize your valuables and items that you might need to take care of your mindset. Have a travel bag suitable to carry on you at all times, so if something happens, you know that you have your basic emergency kit right there with you.
Make sure you have a place for your passport and some cash in separate pockets. Have your electronic device and your phone secured in the bag and download some calming music and meditation to listen to on the plane.
Prepare to Enjoy Your Trip
Hopefully you now understand a bit more about what panic attacks are and what can trigger a panic attack or even anxiety. When you are preparing for your travel, think about how you will cope with some of the eventualities of travel, such as delays and holdups in your itinerary and how this may affect further connections that you have booked.
You will need to think about how you will cope with this so when the unforeseen event happens to you, then you are more prepared to deal with it. By running, it through your head then you can overcome your fear of the unknown, because when it happens your mind has already dealt with it to a certain extent and you won’t go into such a panic.
I really hope that this has helped you to overcome some of your fears around travel so you can go and enjoy your trip and hit the ground running to enjoy your destination.
Now you have planned where you want to go for your Vacation you will need to start thinking about your travel Insurance. It can be tempting to take the risk and travel without insurance cover, although I do not recommend it. I have paid for insurance cover on many trips without making a claim, and it is easy to feel that it is a waste of money.
None of us like giving our hard-earned money to the Insurance Company, but you need to weigh up the risks. I have done some research and also from personal experience, I can suggest the best Travel Insurance for over 50s, for you. Of course of you don’t quite qualify in that age bracket, then this could also apply to you. If you are still planning your trip you might find my previous post on some Vacation ideas, Unusual Vacation Ideas for Solo Women Travelers, useful.
Assessing the Risks
As I have previously said, there are substantial risks that you take if you travel without Travel Insurance. This
applies, especially if you travel abroad away from your usual county of residence. In many cases you will be leaving your health and medical insurance cover behind, as soon as you step onto a ship or a plane, or even drive across a border.
Your usual medical cover is now nonexistent and you open yourself up to the risk of both accident and illness. Usually the costs associated with medical care outside your own country can be substantial.
This eventuality must be considered because not only are you dealing with the illness or injury, but this could create a domino effect that also disrupts your travel plans and those of your travel companions, if you are not traveling alone.
If in fact you are traveling alone, then there are also the added risks that you may need to have someone come to you to assist you to get home, On the subject of traveling alone, which I highly recommend, by the way, you do have to consider having a back up and the insurance cover will give you this peace of mind.
What to Look For In Travel Insurance.
When you are considering which Travel Insurance Company to go with, you need to consider what your needs will be to suit your travel plans. You may be offered travel insurance from your travel agent if you book your trip through them.
Check that the Insurance Company is solid. By this I mean that they are a reputable company that can cover the cost of paying out on a claim. Some companies have limited cover and restrictions on the cover and payout that would render the policy not very effective for your purposes.
These policies are sometimes offered by tour operators and cruise lines so you may want to arrange your own more comprehensive cover in these circumstances. You can read more about this here, in a recent article in Forbes.
Once you have booked your trip and decided on your itinerary this is the best time to get your travel insurance. Don’t wait until the last minute because if there is a change in any situation, say global warnings about weather or terrorism and you need to change your plans then you will not be covered for this.
When you get your policy, read over your documents. I know that reading all that information can make your eyes glaze over but this is the time to make any adjustments or even cancel the policy if you need to. You should be able to get a full refund at this early stage unless your policy states otherwise.
Best Travel Insurance I have found
I have used Allianz Global Assistance, several times when I have traveled internationally. Luckily for me only had to make a claim the one time and that was for lost and stolen items so it was pretty minor. It was a fairly straightforward exercise and I was reimbursed, without any issues.
Allianz Travel Insurance gives good cover and can also include Rental Car Damage Protector which gives peace of mind for your rental car. It doesn’t take much for damage to occur to your rental car and can even happen when you leave it parked.
Any damage to the car can cause you to pay several hundred dollars in excess if you do not have the extra cover.
The overall cover that you receive, depends on what you choose for yourself for before your trip. Allianz also have a free app which can be an easy way to make contact and get instant information whilst you are traveling.
Allianz was also voted the best travel insurance company in the 2019 Elliot Readers Choice Awards which is a non-profit organization that provides consumers with free advice and advocacy services.
Be aware that you can pick and choose what cover suits you and whatever company you go with should have variations in cover that will suit your needs.
Other Top Recommendations for Travel Insurance
Some other Travel Insurance options that have appeared in top consumer ratings are, Travelex, Amex Insurance, Travel Guard and Seven Corners. Travelex looks to be a good second choice with reviews stating that it is easy, quick and inexpensive with good customer service.
Travelex, reviews are favorable and mention the ease of buying the policy on line and also being able to make claims on line. Your payment can be made to a PayPal account for convenience.
Choose your cover to suit your circumstances. Travel insurance is quite varied and includes cancellation or trip interruptions cover, emergency medical cover, lost or damaged baggage, annual multi trip cover and more.
Pull It All Together
By now you should have a bit of information to get you started on planning your Travel Insurance. This of course will depend on your travel plans and you should follow through accordingly.
Don’t try to skimp too much on your travel cover. I do understand that it feels like wasted money spending on insurance and not claiming, but the alternative of what you stand to lose very much outweighs this theory.
Make sure you have good documentation if you do need to make a claim. Read your policy carefully and understand what you are covered for. It is no point claiming for something that you hope you are covered for and then being disappointed when in reality you have got a basic cover, but expect premium deluxe service.
Good communication is key. Happy and safe travels to you.
When you plan your vacation or holiday escape you want to make it memorable. You plan the time and budget the money according to what you can manage and what your needs are. To get the best from your time and money you should try to incorporate some destinations and activities that you remember. At the end of the day the best thing that you get from your vacations are the memories so make them memorable. That is why I have put together some unusual vacation ideas that you can experience, and you will never forget.
Are you an Elvis Fan?
Graceland is the go to place for hardened Elvis fans. You can take part in the tour to see Elvis’ home and where he spent his life from when he brought the house in March 1956, until his death in August 1977. Here are some unusual
facts about Elvis’ life, that you may or may not know:
Elvis was born on January 8, 1935. He was an identical twin but tragically his twin was stillborn, effectively making Elvis an only child.
Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and was part of a close extended family. He was well-loved even though they lived in virtual poverty.
Elvis’ Father Vernon was sentenced to 3 years jail after he forged a cheque to put right a deal that he believed was unfair. Elvis was about 2 years old at the time. Vernon only served 10 months for good behavior.
Elvis had Cherokee and Jewish Ancestry.
Elvis was very close to his mother and promised to buy her a big house and cars, when he was only 4 yrs old. He had vision.
Elvis could not read music.
Elvis stars in 33 movies and has sold over 1 Billion records
Now, talking about Tupelo, that is actually what I want to tell you about. Elvis’ birthplace and this is where he started his music career. Tupelo is actually a memorable place to go to. Check out the local hardware store where Elvis went with his Mother to the store to buy a bicycle. He then wanted a gun but as a compromise his Mother brought him his first guitar for $7.90. You can also visit Johnny’s drive-in where Elvis used to hang out, and go on tours to see his statue and museum and places that he hung out.
Tupelo is not all about Elvis, you can explore the 444-mile-long Natchez Trace Parkway. Even drive along the Trace to get to Tupelo, for a real back to nature treat. Or you can hire a bike and ride some of the parkway.
Getting back to nature and experiencing things the way they were is something you do with a visit at the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo.
Go to the Blue Canoe for some live music or check out some of the 160 choices of restaurants that are available to you. You will find that the accommodation choices are very affordable. You can see some options on Booking.com.
Ole Miss – Oxford Mississippi
Just down the road about 50 miles, is a town with a positive attitude and welcoming people. Oxford also known as Ole Miss. It is named after Oxford in England which is a university town and in keeping with tradition, this Oxford is also a university town. This is quite an unusual vacation destination because it has built in some traditional English tourist icons that you might like to participate in without traveling to Europe.
Try these activities:
Traditional red double-decker bus
Take the William Faukner Tour to find out about this Nobel Prize winning author
Hang out in “The Square” to experience some small town American vibe
Hunt down where the next live music event is. You will find live music almost every night of the week.
Find out why it is the “Cultural mecca of the South” and visit some of the arts a literary arts locations
Check out the university and stay in the University hotel for an experience of Southern Architecture and History.
Dine at one of the many local restaurants that serve fresh locally grown food. I can recommend the Ajax Diner
I found it interesting wandering around the town learning about the local history and the role the the town played during the Civil War.
Jack Daniels Whiskey Tour – Tennessee
You don’t have to be a whiskey drinker to enjoy the interesting tour of the Jack Daniels Distillery. Just down the road from Nashville, so when you have finished with the Grand ol opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Painters Alley, and the Johhny Cash Museum, then make your way out to Lynchburg. You can take a guided tour with transport which includes lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s boarding House. I am sure there will be some information relayed to you about the history of the boarding house. The Jack Daniels Whiskey Tour is set in the historic grounds of the home of Jack Daniels himself.
Wander through the grounds with your guide and see the secret underground stream that delivers crisp clear water to make the Whiskey. This is the original stream that provided clear water for the process from the beginning. See how the filtering process works and how the charcoal is made to filter the whiskey from.
Learn about the history and unusual facts that make up the life of Jack Daniels. How he left home at an early age and brought the distillery from a preacher, and how he lost his life as a result of kicking his money safe in a temper. Don’t think you can get a job there as it is by invite only and the privilege is usually reserved for locals and descendants of the original workers.
You can buy whiskey there although it is a dry state and they have a dispensation to allow it. You cannot however, but any souvenirs on the tour, as you have to go to the town of Lynchburg, which is walking distance from the Distillery. The town has been given sole rights to sell the souvenirs which feeds tourists into the town which hums along nicely. It is well worth the walk into town as it has a nice feel to it and there are quaint shops and history to discover.
Natchez is another small town that has a sad but interesting history. It also has the oldest bar on the Mississippi River and many antebellum mansions.and an historic Indian settlement. If you want to look further into the history of the slave trade you can visit the Forks of the Roads Slave Market for some poignant history and stories of the slave trade. Follow up with a visit to the Museum of African American History and Culture for further insight into the history of the town.
Finish off you day on a lighter note with a meal at the Magnolia Grill which can be found under the Hill. Ask the locals if you aren’t sure. Then go right next door for live music. You won’t be disappointed, I wasn’t on any of my three visits. The Under The Hill Saloon takes you back to the riverboat days, especially when you look at the ceiling and see hundreds of $1 bills pinned to the ceiling. This was the traditional banking system used by the riverboat men when they didn’t have time to take their pay check to the bank so they would “deposit” it on the ceiling awaiting their next visit. What is the bet that the money very seldom left the saloon.
Choose accommodation from budget to high end and stay in one of the mansions, such as Weymouth Hall. I haven’t been lucky enough to stay at any of the historic mansions but there are plenty to choose from. Let me know how you like it, if you have the privilege to stay at one.
Check out the tours, and the arts and crafts while you are there also, there is a lot of choice, and Natchez has so much unusual sights and visits
If you enjoy the thought of live music then check out my bog about a visit to New Orleans.
Find unusual Places and add Spice to your Vacation
I have just given you a few ideas for an unusual vacation but really if you just follow your nose and explore places near and far you will find some gems. It is easy to dismiss a place as you just pass through but it you take you time and stop you can find some great examples of unusual vacation ideas. Spend some time and you will find what you are looking for.
I have a dream lifestyle, that I want to share with you. Well, at the moment it is a lifestyle that I am building. When I travel it creates such a passion and excitement in me. The thought of seeing new places and meeting new people is inspiring, and I feel privileged to be able to do so. I hope that it will create a passion and the same feeling for you, as it has for me.
For some people a three-week vacation each year is enough of an adventure, and then they will return to the daily grind of work. That is perfectly fine and the thought of the short vacation may be enough for them to look forward to until the next time.
But not for me, and I hope I can convince you of the same. That is why I would like to help you with how to start a travel blog and get paid. You can actually blog about any niche topic and get paid.
How To Start A Business Online For Free
You may have seen advertisements and headlines similar to this as you have been surfing the internet, trying to find
an alternative to your day job. You may have even looked into it further but backed of thinking that it sounds all too good to be true, and maybe it is. But what if it isn’t? What if you could work a bit extra while you were still in your day job, and build up your own business so that before too long you could tell your boss that you don’t need him anymore.
But, now that would be too scary to try to do that, what if…? Yes, well what if…? You might fail. You might just fail, but if that happens, what is the worst that can happen? You will still have all your skills, and probably more than when you started.
And do you know what? Failure is a step towards success. If you don’t fail at something then you are not trying.
That might sound harsh and it might feel scary to step outside your comfort zone, but take it from me, outside your comfort zone is where all the excitement and adventure happens. If you have read this far then maybe you need a little more encouragement to get you into the zone, the right head space and tuned into this way of thinking. Try reading some inspirational books or listen to an audio book.
The first one that I can recommend is the 4-hour work week by Tim Ferriss. Read this book and if you are not stirred to step out into something new….then just go back to your desk
So You Want To Know How To Start an Online Blog For Free?
That’s easy, right? All you have to do is write stories for people to read and get money for it. Wrong!. If it was that easy then everyone would be doing it. Having said that, it is not so difficult that it cannot be done, you just need to commit to it and if you have the right reasons then you will be able to work through the process.
No man is an island and you cannot do this alone. When you learn how to start a business on the internet, the best
way is to follow those who have been before and use their knowledge and support to expedite your process. This is exactly what I have done.
What if you could find a training site that you could join and learn the basics and while you are doing the training, you can ask any, of the other million plus members, questions to solve your issues and learn from.
Then what if, you could watch live training videos with Q and A and also have access to the past video training…… Also, what if, you could use keyword search tools as part of the site, and have a live chat where experienced members could answer your questions on the spot, Oh and let’s throw in 24/7 technical site support to help with your websites. Oh and what about having access to buy domain names and to use word press to build you website.
Oh yeah, I have gone crazy if I think you can find that all for free. All too good to be true, right? Wrong! Sorry I might be confusing you. What I mean is that is all true. I have found such a place, and to top it off the people are so friendly and helpful it feels like you have walked into a room full of like-minded masterminds who are all your new friends.
How To Learn and Earn With Wealthy Affiliate
After spending time and money searching the internet to find some way to speed up my learning on how to start a travel blog, I tried a few other sites and wasted time and money.
The options were to sign up to a course on how to blog or one site that I joined which was quite cheap turned out to be a tower (as apposed to a pyramid) of add-ons that cost more and more just to get to a stage where you could make it work for you.
Then I found Wealthy Affiliate which offered an option to join for free to give limited access to enough training and services to get you up and running. There was now pressure to upgrade, but there were incentives to do so. Especially if you wanted to be serious about building your online blogging business.
Joining the community on the site was warm and welcoming and even as a free member you got personal messages, similar to a Facebook Social Community. There was now financial incentives for any members to reach out to you, but it was all a genuine desire to help someone else join their world and learn how to make a living with an on line business.
How To Set Up An Online Business For Free
As the saying goes, there is now such thing as a free lunch. In the case of Wealthy Affiliate you can dip your toes in the water and try the entree before you pay for the lunch, so to speak. (A couple of mixed cliches there) The initial training and the following basic training is delivered directly by one of the initial co founders of the site so it feels very down to earth and welcoming.
You are offered all the tools training and services that you need to get started. You also have access to have up to 50 websites hosted on the site, for free, which in itself will save a lot of money if you are familiar to website hosting fees from other sites.
In conclusion, I suggest that if you have a chance to try something that you are interested in for free, then the only risk is your time. If you use that time to learn then really it is not wasted. If you have any inclination to get into the blogging world then this is the perfect way to try it out for minimal risk.
The training does cover blogging, but if you decide that is not for you then you can actually learn how to build websites, by following the training. That in itself opens doors for you to start any online business or even one where you can offer skills to local businesses and start your own business, doing this.
You might like some ideas about how to use your time once you get your blogs up and running and earning a passive income. Take some time out and have a stress free vacation
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If you want to experience real freedom, the kind where you can dance like no one is watching and sing like no one is
listening, then, traveling alone is the way to go. Solo Travel for Women over 50 can be a refreshing treat. Something to look forward to after a lifelong habit of putting everyone else before yourself.
You may have lived your life with people around all the time. Friends, Family, Kids and Grand Kids. You are the center of everyone’s day and things don’t run smoothly without you. Maybe you have been lucky enough to have been taken care of your whole life and not had to think about planning or organizing anything.
Well maybe now is the time that you need to step outside your comfort zone. You know what they say- that is where life begins. At the end of your comfort zone. If you can step past your fears then you are in for a treat.
Woman’s Intuition – Follow your instinct
You have a lifetime of experience. You may have raised a family or been involved in a long career, or maybe none of
the above. Either way you have more skills than you realize. Sometimes you may not know what to do in a situation. Just stop – Be quiet and think about what is happening. You will know what to do.
This may be true for the planning stage, right the way through to the actual trip and beyond.
When you plan your trip, do some research, find out some locations that resonate with you. There are so many options, and sometimes you may not know what exists. You do not know what you do not know. Search the internet, talk to friends, watch travel documentaries on the TV. Do as much research as you can to give yourself an overview of what your options are. The more you get into it the more you might fine tune what you are looking at and by a process of elimination you will find your sweet spot of where you want to start your travel plans.
Plan Out Some Skeleton Details:
So now you should have an idea of where in the world you want to go to. When traveling solo I like spontaneity. You
might be the complete opposite and want every detail planned. So how to start? You should have a budget and a time frame. This will determine the outline of your trip. Book the first leg of your travel and the first night’s accommodation so you have peace of mind for that.
If your Budget and time frame is flexible then you can leave a bit more wriggle room for how much planning you want to do. For instance on my last trip, I didn’t book my return flight until about two and a half weeks before I was due to fly home. This allowed for me the to juggle my time and also not pay the absolute top rate for my flight by booking it at the last minute. My trip was pretty much, a, follow your nose type trip and it worked very well because things change as you go along and it allowed for that flexibility to change.
If you want to attend activities such as a concert or an event then you will need to book your travel and accommodation around those dates. Draft all this onto a calendar with the definite dates and activities blocked in. Then you can see where you free time can be and you can decide if you want to plan or not plan that time.
What to take?
No you don’t need the kitchen sink! I have traveled for 3 months with just the size of a carry on bag or medium backpack, and even then I didn’t use everything. If you think carefully about where you are going and what you plan to do, and of course the season that you travel in you can cut your luggage right back to bare basics. Traveling for work is of course different situation where you may need more corporate type clothes, but we can cover that elsewhere.
We are so lucky today to have amazing fabrics that are suitable for layering like Merino, that can cover multiple
seasons and can roll up very small. If you plan your suitcase like a budget wardrobe with mix and match items that can go with each other and layer they can suffice for different temperatures. If you plan to take the right items of clothing they will also be easy to wash and dry whilst traveling and living in hotel rooms.
How many pairs of shoes can you wear at a time? Well for most people it is only one, so think carefully about this. Shoes can be bulky. If you pick your location right you might be lucky enough to avoid any bad weather. You could take a small travel umbrella, or just buy one on the fly when and if you need it. If you plan to take a coat or jacket, make sure it is at least shower proof then just avoid heavy downpours.
If you pick your accommodation right, you may not need a towel. I was caught out only once in a Sydney Backpackers, where they did not provide a towel. It was for one night only so I brought a cheap towel at the airport and used the airport showers to freshen up before the flight. It worked well and I had a nice souvenir towel to give as a gift along the way.
Safety and Security
Don’t overthink this or you might just scare yourself out of taking the trip.
Insurance of course is a no brainer. It would be nice not to give our hard-earned money to another insurance company, but the risk outweighs this concept. The cost of medical care overseas is way outside any budget that you might have. Just a visit to the doctor will cost you $100 – $200 and a 7-day stay in a hospital will be $16,000, I don’t suppose that would include the aspirin.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, it is a good idea to carry all your valuables on you at all times. Things such as passport, cash, credit cards ATM card, travel tickets and medical information. Keeping a copy of important documents is also a common recommendation. Don’t carry too much cash and maybe keep some separate in another location. How about n you shoe. If you do this, put it right down under your foot because I have lost cash before, that fell out after working it’s way up the inside of my boot.!.
When you are moving around alone, in foreign lands, make sure you don’t get complacent. Be aware of your surroundings and if you need to be prepared to blend in with the locals, or at very least with a group of other tourists. Just tag onto the edge of a group if the situation requires it and, voila, you are not alone.
Like I said earlier, trust your instinct. If a situation doesn’t feel right then go to plan “B”. If you are wrong, then at least you have peace of mind.
Adventure-Go You Girl
So to quote Nike- Just do it!
If you already love adventure and spontaneity, then you will really enjoy traveling alone.
If you are reserved and cautious and have never traveled alone before, then you definitely have to do it. Life is too short to stay tucked up inside your comfort zone.
After making the decision to travel alone you might now just need a few ideas to start your planning. This may be either for your own piece of mind or to quieten those doubters among your friends and family that are worried about you heading off on your own.
Here area few ideas and travel tips for women traveling alone, that might just help your or someone that you know.
This is by no means everything that you will need to know but a few ideas that will get you thinking about various scenarios might help to start your solo travel experience with more confidence.
Don’t Let Your Fear Ruin Your Trip
To some people the thought of traveling to another country or even somewhere they have not been before can be a daunting thought.
Think about what it is exactly that you are afraid of and think logically through the situation. Is it the fear that you will be lonely? Turn that around into a compelling reason to go outside your comfort zone and meet people. Are you afraid of being a victim of crime? You can put things in place to minimize this. ( More about that later) Are you afraid that you might get lost, or miss a connecting flight? Being organized beforehand will minimize this, and worst scenario it just adds to the adventure.
Remember keep things in context and think what is the worst thing that can happen. Work through that with a solution for the worst possible scenario, then, if it ever happens you are ready to confront it. This will also help if you have to convince any doubters that might be worrying about things that haven’t happened yet.
Remember – Don’t overthink things that might ruin or cancel your trip
Are You Worried About Having to Eat Alone.?
Sometimes this can be a good thing as you can eat what suits you and you don’t have to compromise for a travel companion or partner.
If you really don’t like the thought of sitting in a nice restaurant eating dinner alone while there are tables of people all around, you may prefer to eat alone in your room. Choosing to order room service or takeaways for the evening meal on occasions is not a big deal especially if you have eaten breakfast and lunch while you are out and about.
Another option is to ask to share a table with another solo traveler if you see someone else eating alone. This might work better if it is a buffet type restaurant. What is the worst that might happen when you ask someone to share their table?
Someone might say no. Well no big deal, just think of it as their loss.
Take this opportunity to get more comfortable with your own company. You can people watch or spend
time reading or catch up on your daily travel diary while you have the inspiration of people around you.
Don’t worry about what people are thinking about you, most often most people are wrapped up in their own world anyway.
Think About Your Safety and Security
If you plan aspects of your security before you leave on your trip you can incorporate items that make this easier. Such things as padlocks for your bags, swipe free travel wallets and bags and a bag to carry your valuable on your body. Have a secure day pack or bag that you can carry with you at all times that you can secure your valuables in.
Valuable jewelry should be left at home but your passport, cash and cards should be with you and on you at all times. Don’t’ pack them in checked in luggage or on the luggage bays of the buses or trains. Once they are out of your sight then you have lost control of them.
Keep in touch with someone just to let them know your general whereabouts and just to touch base daily. With technology this is as easy as sending a message or even a photo. I know someone who took photos daily and her parents had the login to google photos so they could see what she was doing each day and to know that she was OK.
Stay aware of your environment and keep an eye on what is happening around you. For example, as I was waiting for a bus to the airport in Barcelona, looking like a tourist, with my trolley bag, i noticed two suspicious looking young men hanging around. They were standing apart but were obviously together as they were making eye contact. As I got onto the bus there was a delay waiting for the person in front to board the bus. One of the guys came right up behind me, but I was aware of him and shielded my bags and got onto the bus before he could do anything. I figured that he could have grabbed my bag if I wasn’t aware of him. .
If you are traveling in a more remote area you might engage a local guide. Not only will this give you a great insight into local information and history, but it will be a safer option that wandering around an unknown city, town or mountain all by yourself.
The World is My Oyster – Where Shall I Go?
There is a whole internet full of suggestions of where is the best place to travel for solo women travelers. A lot of the time the destination can be a personal preference and you may already have a bucket list of places that you want to go to based on your personal interests.
I have many places left on my bucket list but I can definitely suggest some top picks from my own experiences that I would love to share.
If you are in Europe I would strongly suggest a trip to Prague. This is a beautiful City with the most amazing buildings that managed to survive the WW2 bombings that occurred throughout Europe. Wandering around the city is surreal and is almost like a story book at times. There is so much to see that I know that there will be something of interest for everyone. My picks were the Prague Museum of Public Transport and the Prague Castle, and just wandering around the city.
If you like Celtic culture mixed with Medieval Castles and rugged coastlines and National Parks with beautiful lakes and scenery Wales is worth a visit.
New Orleans is the pick if you like to listen to live music and want to try some local cuisine, go on a swamp tour to look for alligators, do a ghost tour of the cemetery or just experience the Mardi Gras. You won’t be disappointed.
This is Character Building Stuff
You will find that traveling solo is character building and will open new opportunities to meeting people and growing you as a person. It will build your confidence and help you to step outside your comfort zone. You can travel without compromise or negotiations and all the decisions can be made by you. You can also be more flexible and change plans as you go along if that suits you as well.
You will be able to take time out from friends and family and then you will appreciate them more when you get back home.
We all live busy stressful lives and most of us are too busy to think about taking time out for ourselves. That is why I
would like to suggest some stress free vacation ideas for you.
Stop and think about this for a moment. If you are always taking care of others and trying to do too much, this is not going to work for very long if you are not taking care of yourself. Well, maybe you need a vacation. What better way to take care of yourself by taking time out. Sometimes though, a vacation can be more stressful and you need a break when you get back.
The Quintessential Tropical Island Escape
Imagine you are alone on a warm tropical island. All you can hear is the lapping of the gentle waves on the shore You have your latest inspirational book and your favorite drink in a tall glass with tropical fruit and an umbrella on top. You know that if you ring the small bell, then an attendant will appear and serve you anything that you ask for……
For some people this is their supreme idea of a stress free vacation. And for others it sounds the most boring thing that they would have to endure.
When you start to plan your escape from the rat race, you need to think through the scenarios of where you might like to go and what you want to do. It may be nothing, or it may be a busy adventurous vacation. Think about how you feel and tune into that before you decide on the type of Vacation that you want to plan. You won’t appreciate a busy, full on vacation if you really need to have a quiet break away from people.
If you are too busy or don’t want to be bothered planning your trip yourself, there are plenty of options for help with this. You could either use the services of a travel agent to plan the whole trip or arrange some of it yourself by using the extensive on line opportunities that are available nowadays.
What Fits Your Budget?
Obviously, before you start planning your vacation you need to consider your budget. If you have set ideas of where you want to go and money is not an issue then the world is your oyster. You can find reasonably priced flights to Europe, and the longer the lead in time the better the price will be. Some of Europe can be expensive, such as Italy, but then Spain and Portugal and even France, can be a better budget conscience destination.
If beaches and tropical islands are your thing, then Caribbean Islands such as, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Jamaica and Barbados can be options. Mexico has popular sites such as, Riviera Maya, Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Tulum. Or there are Pacific Islands such as Fiji, Rarotonga, Samoa, Tahiti and Vanuatu.
Do a little research and speak to your travel agent, as you may find that even if an airfare is a little more expensive, it may be cheaper to stay and dine out at a destination that requires a longer flight, rather than a closer destination.
Taking Care of You
If you really need a stress free Vacation then think about not even going very far from home. You might be able to find a wellness center near you. It may well be that a few days experiencing therapies, yoga, good food, like-minded company and personal care designed just for you, might be just what you need.
This leads onto the subject of your work and mixing it with your holiday break. If you have a work situation that you cannot just switch off and leave it all behind, then you need to manage it. You don’t want to be carrying on with the same situation but in a different place. If you find that you really cannot get away from it all, then do what you can to just do the bare minimum of work. Try to have a block of time that is allocated just to touch base with your work and contact the most important and strategic people in your network.
This may be first thing in the morning and then it is out of the way for the rest of the day. Of course this depends on the time zone that you happen to be in at the time. If you are aware of, “The miracle morning” by Hal Elrod, then you might be able to fit your work in right after that.
The ideal situation of course is that you leave your work at home. After all you need a Stress Free Vacation
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone.
Did you know that this is where the magic begins, – outside your comfort zone.
Even if you don’t normally like to do any extreme sport, and your idea of excitement is to play an action video game, you might just find you like to do something different and exciting. How about trying bungy jumping in New Zealand, or a safari in South Africa, or an exploration of Madagascar, or how about a stay in a yurt in Mongolia staying with the nomads.
You might like to consider going to a country that the people speak a different language to you and you either have to use sign language or the Google Translate app just to get around. Places like Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, or even off the beaten track in places like India or China. All these options are very budget friendly if you plan it right. I can highly recommend, Prague in the Czech Republic. Read about it in my blog. I spent three days there and it was a mixture of amazing architecture, history, cheap beer ( which my travel companions appreciated) and friendly people. The food was amazing and such great value.
You Deserve This!
You might be able to think up a hundred and one excuses why you can’t take a Vacation. I’m too busy, I can’t afford it, I don’t like being away from home, I have to look after everyone else.(Now you are just being a martyr). Actually I do understand that there are good reasons that you can’t get away but at least think about some of these suggestions and start planning some time for yourself. Remember, if you don’t look after yourself, no one else is going to.
The idea of traveling solo may be daunting to many people but it can actually be a great way to achieve stress free travel. The many benefits can far out weigh the extra costs and in fact there are ways to reduce the costs of your Solo Traveler Holiday. You will need to make some compromises to your travel but as long as you take all your options into account, you should be able to plan the best holiday to suit you.
Planning the trip to suit your personality and preferences will be so much easier without having to second guess every decision that you make and have to run it by another person. Do as much or as little planning that you want and if you prefer a more spontaneous holiday you can do this without compromise.
The benefits- No arguments.
When you plan your Solo Traveler Holiday you can focus on exactly what you want to do and where you want to go. You might get invited to stay with old friends or even new friends that you meet along the way and this can be easier to do so if it is only you, rather than a group or even a couple of people.
Travel with an open mind with the outlook that you are going to meet new and interesting people and learn from them and their cultures you will gain far more from your travels. I know from experience that this is easier to strike up a conversation with people that you meet if you are on your own. I find that if you are with someone else you tend to just have a conversation with that person and fail to engage with those around you.
Usually, you are able to assess within a few seconds if a person is going to be comfortable talking to you or not. Some people may look at you like a crazy foreigner and you should read the body language and move on. I have found that most people are very approachable and are happy to engage in conversation. If someone is busy with their work and can’t stand there talking all day, be aware that you need to respect that.
The great thing about talking to locals about their place, whether it is their business, town city, or country, they really love it when you appreciate it and share that excitement with them. It is like they are seeing their space through a new set of eyes, like when you take a child somewhere and it reignites the joy you get from seeing something for the first time.
Options – What to do?
Are you worried about how to plan your trip, then, there are several ways in which you can deal with this. You will be
just planning the trip yourself or having it dealt with by a travel agency, or a combination of both. You may be considering booking a cruise, either sea going or river cruise, there are sometimes options to book a single berth cabin as opposed to paying for a full price cabin and carrying the cost yourself. These single berth cabins are usually a lot smaller but realistically you are only using the space to sleep and the rest of the time you are probably out and about.
There are actually many great travel and tour companies that specialize in trips for solo travelers. This can open up a whole world (literally) of opportunities where you can travel with a group of other singles, but be in a group and see things that you wouldn’t normally see., You then have the security and company of the group if you are worried about being on your own for your whole trip.
Watching your Budget
Watching your travel budget, is a good idea so you can travel for a longer time for less money. You may be prepared to compromise on your privacy, therefore you can book a portion of your trip in dormitory and back packer type accommodation. The benefits of this is that you can get to mix and mingle with more people and meet other interesting and like-minded travelers.
Accommodation costs are a big portion of the costs of the overall trip because you are paying for every single night
that you are away from home. You can’t expect 5 star accommodation every night, if you are on a budget; In fact if you do mix it up with budget accommodation and more luxury accommodation you will have different experiences and some will stand out more than others. I remember a night that I spent in a more up market Hotel, in Mississippi, just as much as I remember spending a night in a bus station in Spain, waiting for an overdue bus. Both experiences have added to my memories.
Possibly you could look for options where you share the accommodation with same sex travelers. This is often the case when you book cruises, you can share a room with another traveler. This can be a bit of a lottery though, as you may find that you meet a new lifelong friend, or it is becomes your holiday from hell.
Planning – To suit your personality type
When planning your Solo traveler holiday, the world is your oyster. You don’t have to fit in with anyone else’s
preferences or ideas. Plan exactly what you want to do and where you want to go, and fit into your budget without having to worry if your travel partner can afford this or want to do that.
Maybe you like to have a bit of spontaneity and not have a strict itinerary to follow, then be flexible. I found that just having a few bookings for tours or activities was a better way to go. You can then fill in the time with things that you discover along the way. Have a read of my blog about travel to Prague for a different place to see.
A fun way to learn about a new city or place that you go to is to book onto the hop on hop off bus. You get to see an overview of the city in a short time but also with some interesting historical information along the way. Going for a visit to the local Museum is an excellent way to learn about the place that you are visiting. A lot of the time a museum visit is free or low cost.
Whether you like to plan everything or wing it on the day, make sure you put some thought into your luggage and what you want to carry on your trip. I have seen people struggle day after day carrying huge bags around, loaded up with stuff that they never need on their trip. Even if you are staying at hotels and have a hire car or easy transport, this is definitely something to consider. Getting through airports with great big bags, and even in and out of hotel rooms that may not always have a lift is a major pain. Remember most people won’t know that you are wearing yesterday’s clothes. I always travel with my laptop for working and the best bag that I found for this is this Eddie Bauer Backpack. Not only does it keep the laptop safe and secure it also holds heaps of other items and has separate compartments to hold clothes and shoes.
To Travel Alone ? – Just do it
If you are procrastinating about planning a trip just because you don’t have anyone else to go with, my advice is to grab the opportunity and just go. You must have somewhere or something that is on your bucket list, that you have always wanted to do. Don’t let the fact that you have to do it alone, hold you back. I guarantee that if you follow your gut feeling then it is the right thing for you to do. Remember, be adventurous, the magic is just outside of your comfort zone.